He lives there with his wife, Cecily and the couple, both in their mid-seventies, are celebrating their 53rd wedding anniversary. Although they have much to rejoice in, they admit to feeling a little low. The festival usually welcomes up to 80, people over the course of four weeks. Its success has been sung about by Irish musician Christy Moore, broadcasted by comedian John Bishop in a programme for ITV in , and even imitated by Paris-based Dubliner Patricia Killeen, who organised her own mini Lisdoonvarna festival in the French capital last year. Albert was 21 at the time and it was his first Lisdoonvarna experience, whereas Cecily was two years his senior and had been to the festival multiple times before with her father, who worked in farming.
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Lisdoonvarna, the location of the world-famous matchmaking festival, developed into a tourist centre more than a century ago when a top Limerick surgeon discovered the beneficial effects of its mineral waters. People travelled from near and far to bathe in and drink the mineral waters. Rich in iron, sulphur and magnesium, the waters were reputed to give relief from the symptoms of diseases like rheumatism and glandular fever. The Spa Hotel was the centre around which the village developed. The opening of the West Clare Railway contributed towards that development, although the nearest railway station was seven miles away at Ennistymon. This station opened in and from that time onwards, until the advent of the motorcar, tourists travelled from the train in pony and trap to "The Spa".
Fourth generation matchmaker, and Lisdoonvarna mainstay, Willie Daly will be there, ready to bring couples together, saying:. The weekend will also aim to raise awareness of and funding for BelongTo , who work to assist LGBT youth across the country via educational campaigns, support groups, and other endeavours. Details here.
Fed up with Tinder? The festival has been run for over years and is one of the oldest music events in Ireland. The music lineup mostly includes country.